Vista: Classic Windows Explorer view

April 24, 2009

One of the things I’m still trying to get used to in Vista is the way that files and folders are displayed. I don’t find there’s enough space for deeply nested folders on the left so I have to resize the ‘Explorer’ window regularly. And I’m not sure I like everything under ‘Desktop’ — including all my network connections. I’ll persevere.

But if you’re not the persevering type and really want your Vista ‘Explorer’ to look like it did in Windows XP, then you can. Here’s how:

  1. Click the Start button, then click Computer to open Vista’s ‘Explorer’
  2. Click Organize > Folder and Search Options (OR press Alt to display the menu bar — yes, it’s hidden by default! — then go to Tools > Folder Options).
  3. Go to the General tab.
  4. Select the Use Windows classic folders option.
  5. If you want to always display menus go to the View tab and select the Always show menus check box.
  6. Click OK.
Setting classic folder view in Vista

Setting classic folder view in Vista

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